Hawaii --requesting identification help

Ursula Keuper-Bennett howzit at turtles.org
Fri Aug 6 15:28:59 EDT 1999

Hello Coral Researchers,

The other day we videotaped a Hawaiian turtle having a tastie.  It rifled through coral, snapped off pieces, fussed and flapped and finally plucked out its "reward".  Only we've never seen anything like it.

We're hoping a Hawaiian reef researcher may have come across this and knows what this is.  Here is a video freezeframe of the "food" in its entirety just before it was swallowed.


And.  This is a better quality closeup.  Rubbery, cream coloured to light gray with a harder darker almost black coating.  Grows in crevices on corals.  

Looks like the kind of thing--if it showed up on your lungs in an Xray you'd be finalizing your will.


Thanks in advance.
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